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POETRY OF PROTEST                         157

It will be seen that all the rhymed lines ("R") at the end of each long
phrase or sentence (four long phrases in each stanza) have essentially
7the same pattern (xx/xoo/)? which is therefore the dominant
musical phrase. The variations at the beginning of each long phrase
and leading to the dominant phrase are arranged to give contrast to
each other. The accent, contrary to that in the musical bar, is always
on the last note of the bar; therefore, differentiation in tone on the
last note of a bar is absolute, while some slight laxity is allowable in
the first note of some bars. In this sense, the fourth long phrase is really
a repetition of the first. Also, with the exception of the first long
phrase, the second stanza is identical with the first in tonal arrange-
ment. The first long phrase of the second stanza is quickened in pace
and shortened into three bars with three notes to each bar, but on
examination it discloses the same final dominant phrase.